- "A big spinning drum thing."
- — Jonathan Pearce's enthusiastic but blunt summary of Infernal Contraption
Infernal Contraption was a robot that competed in Series 6 and 7 of Robot Wars, also entering in the second series of Extreme. It was invertible and cylindirical with a 16kg vertical spinning flywheel with four large teeth spinning at 1000-1200RPM, like a larger version of one of Tornado's weapons that could get up to speed in three seconds so the machine doesn't have to wait between attacks for the weapon to recover. It was made up of two independent wheel modules made from sewage pipe and designed so that the whole body would swing overhead when the robot reversed, similar to what Stinger was known for doing but the radio reception was not too reliable and control looked unstable at times. Stinger was likely a source of inspiration for the team; the captain, Jonathan Pillai, was a member of the Stinger team in Series 3. Infernal Contraption was built by students & staff from Imperial College London, the college it represented in the University Challenge. It had previously attempted to enter Series 5 under the name Gahra, but was 15kg overweight.
In the eliminator round of the Sixth Wars, Infernal Contraption went up against 259, Aggrobot 3 and Infinity. Infernal Contraption concentrated its efforts on 259. During the first attack one of the two weapon drive belts was severed on 259. 259 buffeted Infernal Contraption's body, eventually tearing off its back panel. Infernal Contraption was still moving, but a strip of rubber was starting to fall off its wheels. 259 came in and continued battering Infernal Contraption's rear, nearly getting it out of the arena in one instance. Infernal Contraption was having control issues due to heavy damage to one wheel's motor set, and drove onto the pit to reduce further damage. It couldn't get completely inside since Infinity was already there, but Refbot counted it out nonetheless.
Infernal Contraption represented Imperial College in the University Challenge of Extreme Series 2. In Round 1, it went up against Behemoth and C.V.. Infernal Contraption stayed out of the main action as Behemoth attacked C.V., flipping it over, and then flipping back onto its wheels again. Infernal Contraption still went through to Round 2 after Behemoth broke down. In second round, it faced Infinity once more, whose pincers were already damaged from its first round fight. Nevertheless, Infinity displayed good agression from the start, pushing Infernal Contraption around, and shoving into a wall. Infernal Contraption then managed to strike Infinity with its flywheel and bent one of its pincers upwards. Unfazed, Infinity continued pushing and pinning Infernal Contraption. Infernal Contraption then dorve into a CPZ, and while it did escape in time to avoid Killalot, it was having trouble getting both of its wheels to work in sync. Infinity wedged underneath it with its bent-out-of-shape pincers, and carried it around until time ran out. The judges' decision was in favour of Infinity.
In its first round melee of the Seventh Wars, Infernal Contraption went up against Jabber, Mantis and the 12th seeds Bulldog Breed. Infernal Contraption was immediately pushed into a corner by Bulldog Breed. The seeded machine flipped Infernal Contraption a couple of times, but could not get it out of the arena. All four robots met in the centre of the arena, and Infernal Contraption hit Mantis with its drum. Infernal Contraption continued to attack Mantis, but didn't appear to do much damage. All four robots were still mobile at the end, so the battle went to a judges' decision, and they ruled that Infernal Contraption had not done enough to go through to the next round.
- "...we inflicted major damage on Bulldog Breed, on inspection in the pits we had twisted their chassis by more than 10mm all of their wheels were not in contact with the ground and they had to work very hard to be ready for the next round..."
- — Ray Thompson
Infernal Contraption also took part in the Battle of the Spinners in Series 7, along with Barber-Ous 2'n a Bit and Shredder Evolution. It ran into problems early on when Shredder Evolution hit one of its wheels and sheared something off. Shredder Evolution then forced it into Mr Psycho's corner. It escaped, but had lost drive in one wheel, and was therefore immobile. After being counted out, it was picked up by Mr. Psycho, who torched it over the flame pit. Infernal Contraption's drivers attempted to throw Mr. Psycho off balance, almost succeeding, but were then dropped it into the pit.
|INFERNAL CONTRAPTION - RESULTS|
|The Sixth Wars - UK Championship|
Heat, Round 1
|Heat E, Round 1||vs. 259, Aggrobot 3, Infinity||Eliminated|
|Extreme Series 2|
|Round 1||vs. Behemoth, C.V.||Qualified|
|Round 2||vs. Infinity||Lost|
|The Seventh Wars - UK Championship|
|Heat K||vs. Bulldog Breed (12), Jabber, Mantis||Eliminated|
Battle of the Spinners
|Battle of the Spinners||vs. Barber-Ous 2'n A Bit, Shredder Evolution||Lost|
- Wins: 1
- Losses: 4
- Series 1-4: Did not enter
- Series 5: Failed to qualify as Gahra
- Series 6: Heat, Round 1
- Series 7: Heat, Round 1
- Infernal Contraption was the only axlebot to appear in the Seventh Wars.